Re: How hard is casting?
I have been casting bullets for almost as long as I have been reloading and I have been reloading for close to 40 years. I cast .380, 9mm, .38, .44, .45, and 45/70 bullets.
LD hit the nail on the head with every word he typed. Wheel weights were the best casting material ever, the mixture was almost perfect for bullets. Wheel weights have almost gone the way of the goony bird - extinct!
Many years ago, I worked part time at a service station where tires were sold. They did a lot of wheel balancing so I had an arrangement with the owner to dispose of his old wheel weights. I probably still have a couple of hundred pounds of 1 pound ingots that I made from those disposed weights. I have been carrying lead ingots around with me for over 30 years. Every time the Army moved me, they moved a lot of lead!!
Recently (about a year ago) I bought 50 pounds of Linotype material off eBay, just to see how it worked and it is also very good. The problem is that with everything going "electronic", Linotype is following the way of wheel weights.
Honestly, it is probably not worth the time, effort, or expense any more to cast your own with all the companies selling cast bullets.
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